Affordable Home Renovations To Consider As You Get Older

Blogging is my side-gig, my day job is actually a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at a local hospital. I’ve been working as a COTA for about 18 years. One of the many things I do is to make recommendations for home set up when a person is discharged home to make their home safer so they can stay in their home longer. I recommend home health Occupational Therapy comes in because they can actually see the home and make specific recommendations for a person’s specific medical needs and of course their home.

When my husband and I bought our most recent home about 3 years ago I was already thinking of things that will need to be done and things that will help us when we get older.

There are often simple changes people can make in their own homes that don’t cost a lot of money. From preventing falls, to making it easier to get around these are things you can do fairly easily.

  • Remove throw rugs: This is a big one we recommend to elderly patients, patients with frequent falls, and gait problems. The reason being they’re easy to trip on, can move, and tend to bunch up.
  • Add hand rails to stairs: One of the first things i noticed in our home when we bought it was there was no handrail to go upstairs. I told my husband we will definitely need to add one. Not just for when we’re older but for the kids safety too.
  • Switching out door knobs: For those with arthritis or grip issue a regular round door knob can be hard for people to grip. Switching door knobs to a lever door handle can make it so much easier to open door. This can be done for entry doors and interior doors.
  • Create clear walking paths throughout your home: moving furniture and decor to create a wider, clear walking path throughout the house can make it much easier to navigate through your home, especially if you’re going to be using a walker or another type of device in your home.

Unfortunately, not everything is a quick or cheap fix. For some things like getting a lift chair or an elevated seat on the toilet insurance can help some. Then there are things such as adding a bathroom to the first floor or creating a ramp into the home that may take more financial resources. The Associates Home Loan of Florida can help you refinance, get a home equity loan, or get a home improvement loan if needed.

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Affordable Family Fun: Johnstown Tomahawks Games + tips when attending the game

A couple years ago, I was looking for something to do with the kids. I asked the little ones if they had any interest in going to a Johnstown Tomahawks hockey game. They said, yea sure. For some reason I found that the tickets were actually cheaper through Tickemaster than buying them directly from the 1st Summit Arena site, like half the price cheaper.

I was able to get really good seats, 2nd row from the glass seats, for $13 for adults and I think it was $10 for the kids. I wasn’t a huge hockey fan, but it was something to do. I could not believe how much the little ones and I enjoyed the experience. They really knew how to make it fun. The kids were cheering, there was a lot of action, they got the crowd involved, it was really a good time. Even the refreshments were reasonably priced. The experience made me a Johnstown Tomahawks hockey fan.

We had such a good time I had to tell my husband (who couldn’t go because he had to work). We decided for the whole family to go, even take my older boys girlfriends. That was 8 of us going and it still was under $100 for all 8 of us to get tickets when buying through Ticketmaster. To be clear, this was for regular season games not playoff games.

The Johnstown Tomahawks do theme nights. We planned that big family trip for the Star Wars themed night. All kids 12 and under received a free Star Wars light saber toy. They had tons of costumed characters and lots of vendors set up.

Since then we’ve made it a point to try to get to a couple games a year at least. Season ticket are still a little out of our reach for a family of 6 but there are definitely perks to getting season tickets.

We hadn’t made it to a game this year and we actually won a 4 pack of tickets from a facebook giveaway thanks to Pennhighlands Community College. These weren’t just any tickets though, they were Robertson cup playoff tickets! The first time we had a chance to go to a playoff game. A lot of action at this game. I have no idea how much playoff tickets usually run since we won our tickets. We had a good time though. My husband and I have talked about doing a couple Tomahawks games for a date night here and there.

Tomahawks hockey season runs from about the end of September and can run into April with playoffs. Get a Johnstown Tomahawks schedule to see when their theme nights are. They have lots of them: Star Wars, hero and princesses, and more to get more bang for your buck for the kids.

Johnstown Tomahawks game April 13. 2019

Tips for going to the game:

  • You can purchase blue and red hockey pucks for a small donation. These will be thrown out onto the ice during an intermission. If you hit the target they put on the ice you can win big money!
  • There are tons of food vendors all around the building from funnel cakes, to shrimp and fries, to dippin dots ice cream. Some vendors are more affordable than others so shop around.
  • There are always lots of marketing tables with raffles to win things like hockey sticks, jerseys, gift cards, tickets, and more. Some are for a fee and some are free you just have to check.
  • There are always vendors giving away free stuff. The kids got yoyos, we all got free raffle tickets for a chance to win a hockey stick, I got chapstick, and a sunglass pouch. All free.
  • The Johntown Tomahawks merchandise is more affordable than you would think. The kids can easily get a souvenir like a branded cowbell, foam hand, and more for $5 or less.
  • PARKING: The 1st Summit arena itself doesn’t really have it’s own parking. There are many local businesses that open up their lots for parking for a fee. This usually ranges anywhere between $3 – $5. If you can find meter parking it’s free after 5 pm on week days, on Saturdays and Sundays, and federal holidays. You can see this info on the city of Johnstown website
  • Get a schedule so you can see when theme nights are scheduled for even more fun for the kids and bonus freebies.

Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown 2019 a Fun and Free Event

Every year the Children’s Book Festival is held at the Bottleworks in the Cambria City section of Johnstown. The area itself has become a cultural district featuring the Discovery Center, Ethnic festivals, and more. The Bottleworks itself displays art from local artists and offers many classes. The first weekend of April draws families from all over the area for the Children’s Book Festival.

This free event centers around children’s books with authors, illustrators, and local businesses and educational resources pregnant. In fact, I credit the Children’s book festival for helping us discover my son’s lazy eye. The blind association was there the one year and was offering free vision screenings. I took advantage of this with my kids. They had these cool, 3D goggle looking things that tracked the eyes and they noticed my son’s one eye was off. They suggested we take the info to an ophthalmologist. We did and found that my son has very low vision in his one eye due to a lazy eye! I got off track there but there are so many great services present to learn about.

There are craft tables galore for the kids to do for free. The volunteers are all so pleasant and helpful. The first station we stopped at this year, the kids got to make vests out of paper bags.

They have a number of special events available at different times throughout the weekend. Joe Wos, a professional illustrator and maze maker, offered an illustration workshop for kids in grades 3rd to 6th grade. An awesome opportunity for kids to learn some tips and trick from a real illustrator.

Camtran, the local public transit system, has been present the last few years. The kids have an opportunity to board the bus, talk to the bus driver, explore the bus a little. This year they also offered story time on the bus.

The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown has a book sale with new books but they also have a used book sale. My kids each picked a book from the used book sale and they were only 50 cents each! Another awesome thing they do for the kids is, every kid that attends get a FREE brand new book. They have a table set up with all kinds of titles for babies up to middle school age. So no kids walks away without a book they got to choose. I think this is awesome that they do that.

It’s fun to interact with the businesses, authors, and illustrators. We enjoy seeing Julie from Macaroni kids for the Johnstown/Altoona/Laurel Highlands area. Always there with a smile and macaroni necklaces for the kids to make. They really enjoy this craft!

There’s so much to do at the Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, we usually don’t get to do it all. They have food truck available outside, face painting, and more. This event really renews my kids’ interest in reading. It’s a great way for kids to meet the people that actually write some of their book. It’s a great way to learn about local resource for kids.

Huge thanks to all involved in this festival. It is definitely something my kids look forward to each year. Because it’s a free event and every kids walks away with a free book, it’s help bring people from all walks of life together to share in the joy of reading!

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Which States Are Savannah Cats Legal To Own

When I first learned about Savannahs, I fell in love. I’m definitely a cat person. I was determined I was going to have one some day. But as I read more about it, I realized they might not be legal to own in all states!

What is a Savannah?

A Savannah is a cat breed recognized by the The International Cat Association or TICA for short. It was developed by breeding an African Serval with a domestic house cat. This creates the striking patterns, ear shape, and size of the Savannah. Savannahs are identified by generation to show just how close to their Serval lineage they are. An F1 Savannah would be a direct offspring from a Serval and house cat pairing. It goes on to F2, F3, F4, and so on. The further generation they are form the Serval the higher the number would be. F1 Savannahs typically have more of the size and closer resemble a Serval than other generations. This is generally speaking.

Because Savannahs are bred using a wild cat they are considered a “hybrid breed” This is important because this helps you to find out if owning a Savannah is legal in your state.

Savannahs can come in different colors from the yellowish coat with black spots, to gray with spots, to “melanistic” – all black. Savannahs are very smart and are said to have dog-like qualities. Savannahs can learn to walk on a leash, play fetch, and learn other tricks. They are known to be very loyal.

My F3 Savannah has learned to walk on a leash and play fetch so far. She follows me around the house and will sleep at the foot of my bed. Savannahs are good with families but are high energy so they need space to play and climb.

Are Savannahs Legal In Your State?

This question needs to be asked this way because every state is different. In fact, in some states, it can be different depending on your town or borough.

I live in Pennsylvania. Before I got my Savannah I did a lot of research. Savannahs can be expensive, and I wanted one for so long that I didn’t want to have my cat taken away because I failed to research for my area. As it turns out, Pennsylvania considers all generations of Savannahs a domestic cat so I could own any generation of Savannah I wanted.

Some states like Iowa only allow later generations as pets to include an F4 or further removed. While some states, like Rhode Island, do not allow Savannahs as pets at all unless you get a required permit.

The website, hybridlaw.com has a link to state information for owning hybrid cats. This would also include breeds like Chausies. Understand that these are general state laws but individual towns may have their own ordinances so it’s important to check both. For instance, New York allows later generations of Savannahs in some area but prohibit all Savannah generations in NYC.

F3 Savannah cat with gray color

What Happens If You Don’t Do Your Research?

Sadly, it happens. Or worse, people know but try to obtain a Savannah any way. Most reputable breeders will not knowingly sell a Savannah to someone who is in a state where it illegal to own them. People owning Savannahs can risk fines, confiscation of the animal, pets have been shot, or even jail time if they animal were to do harm. If you find yourself in this situation it’s best to consult a criminal defense attorney for advice as each state has their own laws and penalties.

Beware of Scam Breeders!

Because Savannahs are expensive pure bred cats there are plenty of scammers out there supposedly offering Savannahs (that don’t exist) for incredibly low prices. They often will steal pictures from websites or Savannah groups and create a website. You send the money and you get nothing in return! When looking for a Savannah breeder you can search sites like: the TICA website mentioned earlier and check Savannah owner facebook groups. Savannahs can run from $900 or more for a late generation (F7, F8, etc) to upwards of $16,000 for an F1. This is because often special enclosures or permits may be needed to own a Serval to breed F1s and Servals require raw meat diets. Also reputable breeders will breed ethically so there may only be one or two litters a year.

If you’re not sure if a breeder is legit, it’s best to just steer clear.

My Furry Bundle of Joy

I got my F3 Savannah from Cutting Edge Cats located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They only have a facebook page where Chris lists his Savannahs, Bengal cats, and Legend Leopards when available. I have personally met him when getting my Savannah and Cutting Edge Cats is well established as a cat breeder.

This is my F3 Savannah Malkia. A curious cat with high energy.

This post is sponsored. Any opinions expressed are my own.